MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

… Italian Culture. Ed. Patrizia Sambuco.Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2018. 39-54. Print.

“Probing the Limits of Crocean Historicism.” The Italianist 37.3 (2017): 387-406. Print.

“‘An Entirely New Land?’ Italy’s Post-War Culture and its Fascist Past.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 21.1 (Jan. 2016): 4-18. Print.

“‘Il realismo di un nuovissimo Medio Evo’: Boccaccio in the Age of Neorealism.” Le Tre Corone3 (2016): 135-156. Print.

“Impegno nero: Italian Intellectuals and the African-American Struggle.” California Italian Studies 4….

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Fellow of the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. My first book, Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History, will be published in summer 2020 by the University of Toronto Press. In addition, I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019); Innesti: Primo Levi e i libri altrui (Peter Lang, 2020). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly journals including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.  

MemberAshley Gardini

…College Arts Association

American Association of Italian Studies…
…s Role in the Development of Italian Futurism during the Fascist Era,” San Jose State University, completed April 2014.

Conference Paper:

“Defining Sant’Elia: The Intersection of Italian Futurism and Modern Architecture” – presented at the American Association of Italian Studies 33rd Annual Conference, University of Oregon, April 2013….

Ashley Gardini is an art historian specializing in modern Italian architecture. Her initial research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. That evolved into analyzing the influence of Italian Futurist architecture during both the interwar and post-World War II periods. Now she has expanded her focus to looking beyond the role of Italian Futurism. Her work was presented at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. It has since been published in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Her current active areas of research interests are:

  • Italian Futurist architecture.
  • Women in architecture during the Fascist era.
  • 1950s and 1960s Italian architecture and design.

In addition to academic research, Ashley Gardini teach both art history and architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.    

MemberDennis Looney

Since 2014, I have served as director of the Office of Programs and director of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at MLA. For the Office of Programs I oversee projects relating to the profession, such as departmental reviews, the ongoing examination of faculty rights and responsibilities, monitoring educational and curricular changes, and the development of statements of best practices. As director of ADFL, I oversee the Language Consultancy Service, the MLA Language Map, the language enrollment database, survey, and report, and other projects focused on languages other than English. From 1986 to 2013, I taught Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, with secondary appointments in classics and philosophy. I was chair of the Department of French and Italian for eleven years and assistant dean of the humanities for three years at Pitt. Publications include Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance (1996), which received honorable mention in the 1996–97 joint Howard R. Marraro Prize and Scaglione Award in Italian Studies from the MLA, and Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy (2011), which received the American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize (general category) in 2011. With D. Mark Possanza, I am co-editor and translator of Ludovico Ariosto’s Latin Poetry, I Tatti Renaissance Library, Harvard University Press (2018). Some key research interests: Renaissance Studies; comparative literature; reception of the classical tradition; vernacular classicism; history of the book; Italian; Latin; Greek; Medievalisms; Dante; Divine Comedy; Matteo Maria Boiardo; Ludovico Ariosto; Torquato Tasso; romance/epic; Neo-Latin poetry; Herodotus.  

MemberValeria Castelli

Valeria G. Castelli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her research project examines political documentary films made over the last ten years that deal with migration to Italy, particularly with migrants’ journeys to Europe through the Central Mediterranean route and their precarious lives once in Italy. Valeria is part of the Center’s Andrew W. Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Before joining the Mahindra Humanities Center, Valeria was a 2016-17 College Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York University. Valeria received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from New York University in 2016. Her dissertation is entitled “Rhetoric, Politics and Ethics in Contemporary Italian Documentary Film.” Valeria received her Laurea in Lettere moderne with a specialization in Philology from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and her M.A. in Italian Studies from the University College of London. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities, where she designed and developed a Public Humanities Project in collaboration with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. From 2013 to 2016, Valeria has worked as Assistant Editor and Chief Assistant Editor of the online peer-reviewed journal gender/sexuality/Italy.